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Humanity's expansion into the stars has led to awe-inspiring discoveries - and terrifying new threats. An insidious alien race is waging an interstellar war, enslaving any civilization they encounter to carry out their galactic rampage. Now they have set their sights on mankind.
Tag Brewer is a medical scientist, not a ship's captain. But as humanity's survival hangs in the balance, he must lead a ragtag crew of humans, a skeptical alien, and a synthetic lifeform into the depths of enemy territory. There he forms an uneasy alliance with a group of aliens - the Mechanics - fleeing from the destruction.
There is only one way to track down and stop their frightening new adversaries. Tag must follow the trail of devastation left behind in the fallen Mechanic empire, where he hopes to recruit other survivors to their cause. But what Tag and his crew find is far more dangerous than any of them thought possible.
Β©2017 Anthony Melchiorri (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa and Josh on 12-08-17

Space Opera with a great AI component

Josh here

I am an avid fan of Space Opera audiobooks and am very intrigued by the progress being made in the artificial intelligence realm. This book ties together two of my favorite topics and is a fantastic continuation of the first story.

Tony brings out a common theme that is present in just about every culture, and that is the relationship between a military force and an indigenous population. Early on, we see the relationship between the marines and the Mechanics develop. A lack of trust exists up front and this shifts throughout the story. As a soldier, I have seen this very relationship occur and I think Tony did a great job of depicting it. We often fear what we don’t know/understand, and this is captured brilliantly here.

My favorite component of the story is Alpha, an AI that is coming to terms with her human side. As she no longer accepts the term AI, we watch her struggle with things most of us take for granted as a sentient species. What are the different emotions encountered when it comes to dealing with living beings, be it taking a life or performing a healing action? Alpha faces struggles that I imagine any combat arms has to deal with at some point. We see Tag attempt to encourage the healing aspect of her duties in order to promote a more peaceful/helpful artificial being.

There are many twists that I did not see coming in this story, to include the story of Lone star and Bull. The story definitely kept me engaged throughout.

Another easy 5/5 rating and I am anxious to move on to Shattered Dawn and the continuation of the adventures for the SRE Argo, the crew, and the mechanics as we look into the nanite threat.

I am glad this series was recommended to me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andre van Staden on 11-15-17

Too much is the first thing that comes to mind

When a story gets written in a way that one just longs to get through it , you know that something was done wrong. The story starts of somewhat believable but the sheer number of 'bad luck' the main characters have to deal with, and non stop battles leaves you wanting a break at some stage . Thiis title is packed with action - and not the good type - it gets to be annoying at around half way throughg the book. I think I will give the rest of the series a skip .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan on 09-01-17


The only drawback is having to wait for the next book.

Both story and narration are superb, action packed with enough technical information to keep it insightful.

Tony is a talented author who takes time to communicate with his readers. Unfortunately I have now finished all his books presently on audible, but eagerly await more


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